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PokerStars’ Rake Hike: Cash Grab Or Saving The Ecosystem, And Does It Matter? by Alex Weldon

Only a few months have passed since PokerStars owner company Amaya announced the sudden and extreme scaling-back of its VIP Rewards program, much to the dismay of the online professional poker-playing community.

Although this remains the least popular decision the company has made to date — among this highly vocal minority of players, at least — it is just one in a long series of moves the company has made to decrease winning players’ edges.

Whether the goal is to try to produce a shift in player demographics or to increase revenues and appease shareholders depends on who you ask.

The latest of these changes, announced on Tuesday, March 22, is a straight-up increase in the rake being charged for some of the site’s offerings.

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